Countywide telephone scam warning
27 November 2012
Police are warning of a new scam that officers were alerted to
last night, Monday 26 November, after a man telephoned residents
claiming to work for a water company.
Officers were contacted by two separate Lowestoft residents
around 9.30pm – 10.30pm yesterday reporting they had taken a call
from a man who claimed there was lead in their water supply, it was
contaminated and they shouldn’t use it.
In the first call the alert lady resident said she hadn’t heard
about in the media and the man told her that he didn’t want to
alarm anyone. He said someone would be coming round to see her but
in the meantime told her not to drink or wash with it.
The woman said she didn’t want anyone to come round and finished
In the second call the male resident was told about the lead and
then quizzed about his medical history before the man said he would
need medical help and it was on its way.
Both residents were highly sceptical about the claims and
contacted Essex and Suffolk Water who confirmed there was no
problem with the supply.
Police were then alerted.
Both residents also did 1471 to try and get a telephone number
for the caller. Through this a mobile number was obtained and
police have phoned this with the person answering hanging up when
questions were asked. Enquiries are continuing.
Officers are again urging residents to be alert and cautious
when dealing with any unknown callers. Never give out personal
information and if you suspect it may be a hoax hang up and check
with the company or organisation concerned, using a number on a
bill or in the phone book, as these alert residents did.
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